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WTO cancels meeting aimed at breaking leadership impasse

Nigerian candidate Okonjo-Iweala in limbo without US support

The World Trade Organization has only had male leaders in its quarter-century history.   © Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) -- The World Trade Organization has cancelled a meeting on Nov. 9 to decide on the appointment of Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the body's next director general after the United States rejected her as a candidate.

Trade sources said they thought a factor in the delay was that there had been no indication the Trump administration -- which will continue to govern trade policy in the weeks ahead irrespective of any U.S. election result -- had switched its support to Okonjo-Iweala.

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